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Genre workshop with Stephen Cleary

Writing and developing genre stories - a 2-day workshop

November 1.-2. 2018

This workshop is a hands-on, practical guide to writing and developing genre stories. It demonstrates Stephen Cleary’s unique approach to genre, which once learnt and understood, you can apply to any story genre you are working with. In this workshop you will examine the Thriller, Horror and Romance film using his approach.

On the first morning Stephen will explain his approach and guide you through it step by step. Then the workshop participants will explore a range of genres (Thriller, Horror, Romance and others), with examples and discussion, using Stephen’s method. The workshop will conclude with a demonstration of what happens when you mix genres together and how Stephen’s approach allows you to predict and deal with the problems genre mixing raises before you start to write the script.

The headlines of the workshop are:

  • What is genre
  • The eight fundamental elements of any genre film
  • The Context
  • Genres of character
  • Writing horror
  • Writing romance
  • Writing The Thriller
  • Mixing Genres

This workshop is essential for anyone working with genre at any level, and is designed with screenwriters, script developers, producers and directors in mind. The approach is equally useful for television or feature film development.

Stephen Cleary has worked in film and television for over 20 years. As Head of Development at  the UK national film Agency he developed Before the Rain , (winner Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival), Rob Roy, Butterfly Kiss, Love and Death on Long Island and many others. Stephen founded and ran Arista, Europe’s largest private film development agency from 1996 to 2006. Graduates of Arista program have written, directed or produced over 250 feature films and thousands of hours of television drama.

He produced the feature New Year’s Day, in 2001 and co-produced Goodbye Charlie Bright in 2002. He co-wrote the feature films Alexandria, produced in 1998, and Buddha’s Little Finger, produced in 2013.Recently, in partnership with the South Australian Film Corporation, he designed and implemented the Filmlab low-budget feature initiative, resulting in the internationally acclaimed features 52 Tuesdays and The Infinite Man among others. Currently he is development consultant on the BBC drama series Hinterland. He is also the co-author of I Put A Spell on You: the Autobiography of Nina Simone.

Stephen works as a story consultant around the world, was a visiting professor in Film at the University of Westminster in the UK and is currently a visting professor at the Victoria College of the Arts school of film and television in Melbourne, Australia.